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Jerez joins World Superbike calendar for 2013
21 September 2012
Jerez, traditional home of the Spanish MotoGP, will host a World Superbike round from next season.
On the same day that its place on the 2013 MotoGP calendar was announced as 'Subject to Contract', Jerez has signed a three-year deal with WSBK.
Next year's event will also be the final round of the 2013 WSBK season, on October 20.
Paolo Flammini and Juan Baquero, respectively the CEO of Infront Motor Sports and Jerez de la Frontera, were present at the signing of the contract this (Friday) morning in the Jerez city hall together with the mayor of Jerez, María José García Pelayo.
“We are delighted with the addition of another prestigious name to our World Championship calendar,” said Flammini.
“Jerez de la Frontera is a circuit that is synonymous with great motorbike racing in general and is situated in a catchment area with an extraordinary sporting tradition and cultural heritage.
“It gives us great pleasure to return to Jerez for the first time in over 20 years and we are sure that together we will work hard to make the event a great success.”
The only time that World Superbike raced at Jerez was in 1990, the third year of the championship's existence, when both races were won by that year's champion Raymond Roche.
Jerez has hosted the Spanish Grand Prix since 1987 and is traditionally the first European event of the year. However this year's round was thrown into doubt due to financial issues.
A single-year deal for 2012 was finally agreed in late December and the circuit has been given a provisional date of May 3-5 for 2013 (providing a contract is agreed).
The Spanish WSBK round is currently held at Aragon. It is unclear if that event will continue alongside Jerez.